Emergency SMS from a Helicopter

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The European Commission has selected a project called MARIUS which enables the dissemination to the inhabitants of a stricken zone of SMS alerts thanks to a helicopter equipped with a mini mobile network.

Thanks to that technology, the rescue teams will be able to send SMS even on a zone where the mobile network is off and then will be able to send information which will facilitate rescues and save more lives.

The "Mobile Autonomous Reactive Information System for Urgency Situations" or MARIUS is a project aiming at developing a pre-operational autonomous Command Post which can be deployed very quickly to manage every type of crisis.

Coordinated by EADS, the project is mostly financed by the European Union. Major industrial and technological actors will provide their knowledge, among which: Thales, BAES, Selex, Eurocopter and Swapcom.

Swapcom, the French mobile software architect has been chosen as European specialist for information broadcast on telecommunication network. "Dissemination of alerts and information to the citizens in case of large emergencies is an essential concern in Europe nowadays" explains Philippe Chrobocinski, the EADS project manager, "and the consortium is satisfied with the solution provided by Swapcom, which allows to demonstrate innovative functions".

The first tests in laboratory were done in December 2006 during the integration phase and the consortium hopes to test the project on site (Valencia, Spain) by July 2007. "

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